Vertigo is a common condition that affects a surprisingly large percentage of adults. Vertigo is often times thought of as another word for dizziness. However, dizziness can mean either vertigo or lightheadedness and it’s important to know the difference.
Unlike Vertigo, lightheadedness is a feeling that you are about to faint or pass out. With lightheadedness, you do not feel as if the environment around you is moving. Vertigo is a condition where you feel like you or your surroundings are spinning even though you are in a stationary position.
At Baker Chiropractic and Wellness, we’ve been distinguishing the difference between vertigo and lightheadedness for over 25 years. This enables us to implement the proper treatment plan to relieve your dizziness. Our treatments are safe, effective and do not involve the use of prescription medications. Please contact us at (513) 561-2273 or Schedule an Appointment here on our website. We may be able to help you alleviate vertigo!
Vertigo is a result of conflict between signals sent to the brain by various sensory systems of the body that control balance and position. Your brain relies on the input from four sensory systems working in harmony with one another to maintain balance. These sensory systems are as follow:
Causes of vertigo typically stem from problems with one of the four sensory systems. When one or more of these systems is not working properly, the information being supplied to your brain becomes distorted and vertigo can develop.
Vertigo may be caused by such things as:
Meniere’s Disease (Disorder of the Inner Ear)
Labyrinthitis (Inflammation of the Inner Ear)
Migraine Headaches (when associated with Vertigo is termed Vestibular Migraines or Migrainous Vertigo)
Vertigo caused by problems with the inner ear is called Peripheral Vertigo. Any cause of inflammation in the inner ear such as a common cold or bacterial infections may cause Peripheral Vertigo, as may chemicals and physical trauma.
Vertigo stemming from the brain is called Central Vertigo. Central Vertigo is typically milder than Peripheral Vertigo but involves neurological problems such as slurred speech and double vision.
Problems with the central nervous system including migraine headaches and multiple sclerosis may lead to vertigo.
Symptoms of Vertigo include spinning and a sensation of motion or disorientation. Symptoms may also include one or all of the following:
These symptoms can last from as little as a few minutes to many hours. The symptoms may also be chronic.
“I have been coming to Dr. Patrick Baker since March. Prior to becoming a patient, I experienced constant and severe pain as well as dizziness. However, those symptoms are no longer an issue!
I used to take muscle relaxers and pain medicine, but since I’ve been coming to Dr. Baker’s office I no longer need them. The constant pain would sometimes keep me awake at night. Now I am sleeping better and without pain. At home, I would leave certain chores go undone because I was unable to do them without having severe pain. That has been changed around since becoming a patient. Now I feel like I am actually accomplishing things at home. There were many days at work where I would actually pray to get through my shift because the pain was so intense. However, I am no longer having that problem because most of the pain has subsided.
Another issue I had prior to becoming a patient was vertigo. Every time I would turn my head, I felt very dizzy. It became a regular occurrence but after getting adjusted, the dizziness stopped.
The added bonus of being Dr. Baker’s patient is that he and his staff are all wonderful! I feel like I have gained a bunch of new friends!” – Sharon Thomas